08/14/2013 1:49PM

Thoroughbred pedigrees represented in All American Futurity trials


The $2.4-million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs is billed as North America’s richest race on the calendar for 2-year-olds of any breed, but a number of entries in the flagship Quarter Horse race’s 28 trials are the direct progeny of Thoroughbreds.

The American Quarter Horse Association has a special registry and numbering system for Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred crosses, referring to them as “index horses.” Those horses are allowed to compete in AQHA events, including racing, with certain breeding restrictions to maintain their status within the registry.

While not a highly common practice in Quarter Horse racing, Thoroughbred bloodlines are sometimes introduced for their outcross potential, and to hopefully add stamina to a foal’s pedigree for longer races. The AQHA Hall of Fame includes seven Thoroughbreds, and another 18 from a Thoroughbred sire or dam.

A total of 10 horses entered in the All American Futurity trials have a Thoroughbred sire or dam, and many more have Thoroughbred influences deeper in their pedigrees. Following is a list of the 10 entries featuring direct Thoroughbred parents, with a (TB) to mark which side of the family comes from outside the Quarter Horse realm.

The trials for the All American Futurity will be held Thursday, Aug. 15 and Friday, Aug. 16, with first post each day at 11 a.m. Mountain. The final will be held Sept. 2.

Thursday, August 15 trials:
Race 2, #8 – Mighty Moonflash

Br. g., by First Moonflash—Workslikacharm (TB), by Northern Score (TB)
Breeder: Pierre Amestoy (N.M.)
Stakes-winning Northern Score mare Workslikacharm won four of nine starts during her racing career in the Southwest for earnings of $32,425. Mighty Moonflash is her second Quarter Horse foal after Fireworks, who was a finalist in two Grade 2 stakes at Los Alamitos. She had 11 Thoroughbred foals prior to shifting toward Quarter Horses, led by stakes winner Fullacharm. In total, Workslikacharm has produced 10 winners from 11 foals to race.
Race 3, #5 – Mach 5
B. g., by Foose—Girl in the Curl (TB), by In Excess (TB)
Breeder: Lucas Racing Inc. (Md.)
The owners of Girl in the Curl, an unraced In Excess filly, have taken full advantage of the Quarter Horse rule allowing embryo transfer, with the mare often going down as the dam of record on one or more Quarter Horse foals, then carrying a Thoroughbred foal to term in the same season. This has allowed the 14-year-old mare to produce 20 foals – 16 Quarter Horses and four Thoroughbreds, with eight winners combined between them. Her Thoroughbred offspring are  led by multiple stakes-placed winner Fast Devon. Girl in the Curl’s Quarter Horse foals have had much more success, including multiple Grade 1-placed Real Good Man and stakes winner Curlie Cue.
Race 4, #5 – Bamberg
B. c., by Valiant Hero—Fashion Lover (TB), by Friendly Lover (TB)
Breeder: James Ronald Magnon (Okla.)
Out of the stakes-placed winning Friendly Lover mare Fashion Lover, the unraced Bamberg is his dam’s second Quarter Horse foal. Fashion Lover excelled at the sprint distances during her racing career, winning three of eight starts for $54,505. She has produced four winners from as many foals to race.
Race 7, #6 – Chappstick
Sor. g., by Swissle Stick (TB)—Famous Chapelle, by Dash Ta Fame
Breeder: MJ Farms (N.M.)
Swissle Stick posted blazing workouts leading up to the 2004 Barretts March selected sale of 2-year-olds in training, and left as a $600,000 purchase. He quickly found his niche around one turn as a multiple stakes-placed winner in seven of his 71 starts for earnings of $129,964. The 11-year-old son of Swiss Yodeler stands at MJ Farms in Veguita, N.M. for an advertised fee of $1,500. Chappstick comes from Swissle Stick’s first crop, which is led by Spiced Swissle, a finalist in the Grade 2 New Mexican Spring Futurity.
Race 12, #3 – Critical Condition
Sor. g., by Attila’s Storm (TB)—A Runnin Ballerina, by Sixarun
Breeder: James and Marilyn Helzer (Tex.)
Attila’s Storm, a Grade 3-winning son of Forest Wildcat, has done his best work as a sire of Thoroughbreds, finishing 2012 as New Mexico’s leading juvenile sire. He is the sire of nine Thoroughbred stakes winners from three crops of racing age, headed up by multiple stakes winner Thermal. His Quarter Horse runners are led by stakes winner Heza Perfect Storm and Grade 3-placed winner Storm Chasor. Attila’s Storm stands at A & A Ranch in Anthony, N.M. for an advertised fee of $2,500.
Race 13, #3 – Icing One Down
Gr. c., First Down Dash—Icy Lane (TB), by Devon Lane (TB)
Breeder: Vessels Stallion Farm and D. M. Cattle Co. (Calif.)
Dam Icy Lane only raced four times, all at six furlongs, but one of those efforts was a stakes win, and her only defeat was a runner-up finish in stakes company. The Devon Lane mare has produced three Thoroughbred foals and five Quarter Horses, led by her lone winner, Thoroughbred Robyn Lane, an earner of $105,137 competing against both breeds.
Friday, August 16 trials
Race 3, #1 – Zee Room
B. g., Vrrroom—Bruanna (TB), by Housebuster (TB)
Breeder: James Helzer (Okla.)
Zee Room is the first, and so far only, Quarter Horse foal out of multiple stakes-winner Bruanna. The Housebuster mare ran all but a handful of her races at six furlongs or less, winning 14 of 39 starts for earnings of $390,078. She has produced four winners from six foals to race.
Race 4, #2 – Queen La Tita
B. f., by Titos—She’s a Mess (TB), by Stormy Atlantic (TB)
Breeder: Arnulfo Valdez (Tex.)
Queen La Tita is the first foal out of She’s a Mess, who went winless in seven starts between five and six furlongs in New Mexico and Texas. In 2013, she produced her first Thoroughbred foal, by New Mexico sire Vapor, and was bred back to the stallion for 2014.
Race 10, #10 – Dashing Fury
B. f., by Furyofthewind—Illusive Star (TB), by Boone’s Mill (TB)
Breeder: Jack W. Evans Jr. (Tex.)
Illusive Star, an unraced Boone’s Mill mare, began her breeding career with Thoroughbreds, then hit her stride when crossed with Quarter Horses. Her most successful produce among the latter has been Nowurtalkin, who was a multiple stakes winner in Mexico, then came north to become a Grade 2 winner in the U.S. Between the breeds, Illusive Star has produced two winners from five foals to race.
Race 14, #6 – Flashin Honey Bee
Br. f., by First Moonflash—Domeinitchy (TB), by Dome (TB)
Breeder: Dosi or Norma Alvarez (N.M.)
Unraced Domeinitchy has been exclusively crossed with Quarter Horse sires, and is the only Thoroughbred mare among the All American Futurity trial horses to have produced a Grade 1 winner - her first foal, Gonna Cha Cha. In addition to winning the Grade 1 Zia Futurity in 2012, Gonna Cha Cha also won the All American Juvenile Invitational, the consolation race for the All American Futurity. Flashin Honey Bee, Domeinitchy’s second foal, is stakes-placed heading into this year’s trials.